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Everglades Restoration and Illegal Class 1 and Classs V UIC wells
This discussion group has overall turned a deaf ear to this issue.
I don't think Congress or the GAO will be very interested in approving
restoration funds for a state which is openly destroying the resources it is
looking to protect with a sewage waste UIC program that is illegal and out
Imagine a state which permits municipal waste to be injected underground
into groundwater aquifers.
A state where groundwater protection is vital to over 85% of the residents
who rely on it for drinking water.
Florida is the only state in the nation permitting municipal underground
injection of sewage using deep injection wells known as Class 1 underground
injection control (UIC) wells. There are over 120 of these wells in South
Florida daily discharging 400 million gallons of municipal waste underground
according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
(see: http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/uic.html )
Are Floridians drinking out of their toliet?
According to the EPA 13 Class 1 UIC wells are daily discharging 208 million
gallons of municipal waste into underground sources of drinking water (USDW)
in Dade County, Florida, and this represents the nation's largest point (as
opposed to nonpoint) source violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Despite EPA cited violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, these 13 Class
1 UIC wells continue to operate and the only enforcement action taken in
five years has been EPA monitoring studies of the violation. And, the EPA
says municipal injection well violations are occuring in several other
counties in South Florida.
The nonenforcement of the nation's largest point source violation of the
Safe Drinking Water Act raises the question who is protecting the nation's
underground sources of drinking water?
Sadly, Florida has already lost the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
(with over 1,000 Class V UIC sewage wells in the Keys) and it's bays to
There is a children's cancer cluster in Port St.Lucie, Florida where 2 Class
1 UIC wells are operating.
Florida's sewage pollution is stimulating harmful agal blooms killing
millions of fish, hundreds of manatees, and harrming human health.
And not one group in the state is reviewing sewage pollution and the state's